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February 15, 2001

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Williams for District 6
When Frank Peterman was elected last fall to the Florida House of Representatives, his colleagues on the St. Petersburg City Council were faced with an impressive list of applicants to replace him. Two men stood out then: civic activist Abdul Karim Ali and insurance agent Earnest Williams. The same two men stand out in the campaign to elect a permanent replacement.

Fetal research has its place
In translating his opposition to abortion into policy decisions, President Bush should not eliminate some of the most promising weapons to emerge recently in the fight against chronic disease. Bush has hinted broadly that his next executive order might end federal funding for stem-cell research. Through spokesmen, Bush recently repeated his opposition to "taxpayer funding for fetal tissue research from induced abortions" and government financing of "experimentation on embryonic stem cells that require live human embryos to be discarded or destroyed."

Spare the mentally ill
An amendment that could keep the mentally retarded from facing death by giving a judge the power to spare their life is a good safety net.

Nation's needs should come before a tax cut
How ridiculous it is that members of Congress are now considering a tax cut when the education and health care needs of their constituents are so great and so unmet. Some schools are in disrepair, some students are taught in temporary buildings, some text books must be shared, and the teaching profession is miserably underpaid. Can we ignore these education needs in favor of cutting taxes?  

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